Finance and Compliance Coordinator at Natural Resource Governance Institute

Finance and Compliance Coordinator at Natural Resource Governance Institute

Job Title: Finance and Compliance Coordinator

Team: Programs Team – Francophone Africa; Finance Team

Location: Dakar, Senegal

Contract type: Permanent

Hours per week: 40 hours a week

Starting Salary: XOF 32,028,941 gross per annum + benefits (further details will be provided during the selection process)

Application closing date: Open until filled. Please note that we will be reviewing applications regularly, and we may close the role early should we receive sufficient applications before 10th August 2022. We therefore strongly encourage you to apply as soon as you can.

How to apply: Please submit a CV and cover letter in English outlining your interest and key relevant skills. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

About this opportunity

We now have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced finance professional to join our country team in Dakar, Senegal. This position will play a central role in our day-to-day operations in Senegal and the wider Francophone region where we have offices. It will also be a key focal point for the Support Services Teams in New York and London.

This is a varied position, with a focus on the finance and compliance aspects of our donor-funded projects. We have additional pending grants applications, including with USAID, that this position will help manage; with a focus on ensuring sector best practices, local legislation and other legal requirements are adhered to.

You will be joining us at an pivotal moment, as our work and presence in Senegal is gaining momentum, and work for an organisation with a strong expertise and reputation in the field of resource governance. You will collaborate with staff, partners and stakeholders across more than 15 countries, and have scope to be hands-on in a number of key areas.

Key responsibilities

You will the local specialist for all things finance and compliance, working in close collaboration with colleagues from across teams both regional and centralised support services. This will involve providing proactive financial, and operational support, and ensuring that systems and procedures are in line with NRGI’s policies, procedures and standards. You will embrace and demonstrate our values of: rigor, collaboration, passion, integrity, and impact.

You can expect that financial responsibilities will take up to 40% of your time. Other areas include risk and compliance management (20%), administrative support (20%), support services liaison (10%) and office and facilities management (10%)

You will:

  • Be responsible for the financial management, internal control systems and reporting requirements of the Francophone Africa Teams; including monitoring budget and spends, prepare monthly management account and budget vs Actuals (BvA’s).
  • Review financial reporting to donors and other regulatory bodies e.g., quarterly reports to the Senegal Ministry of Interior adhering to strict deadlines, coordinating with local legal and accounting advisors as appropriate
  • Be responsible for the maintenance and strengthening of the control environment in Senegal and other regional offices through ongoing review of financial policies and processes.
  • Identify key risks and clarify local statutory requirements; proactively researching and keeping up to date with the governing laws
  • Participate in the development of the risk identification and management matrix and be the lead on developing tailored and relevant local versions.
  • Take the lead on the Francophone Africa Teams’ management of key risks; championing colleagues and supporting country leads in developing a risk register
  • Manage the end-to-end audit processes for Senegal (and other Francophone countries as needed) in close collaboration with relevant colleagues
  • Provide logistical and administrative support as required; mainly managing procurement aspects in Senegal and supporting other regional offices.
  • Act as the key focal point for the provision of support services and manage the physical office in Senegal.

Please note that this is an overview of the key responsibilities. A full job description will be shared with those candidates advancing in the selection process.

This role might be for you if…

You have a solid track-record as a finance administrator/coordinator, ideally working for other not-for-profits or international NGOs.

You have strong financial skills and can use them confidently, upholding standards, legal requirements and best practice.

You have a sound understanding of compliance, both in risks management and relating to international donor-funded projects.

You understand the need for maintaining good communication at all levels (internally and with stakeholders and other partners); and for having strong process and documentation in place.

You are passionate about your work, confident and wanting to have an impact in your day-to-day.

You can work as a team player, collaborating closely with others across multiple time zones, and can efficiently deliver on multiple time-bound tasks. You would like to apply your skills to support the advancement of NRGI’s mission.

Job requirements

Experience & Technical Skills Required

  • Solid prior work experience within a similar finance and operations role, ideally gained within a non-government or international development organization.
  • Significant financial and grant management experience working with partners or being Lead of a consortium, responsible for financial report consolidation and compliance monitoring.
  • Proven track record of reliable and compliant financial management; Knowledge and experience of using NetSuite/ financial accounting package or similar financial reporting software would be an advantage
  • Proven, strong organizational skills, including the ability to self-start, prioritize and proactively respond to evolving/ unfolding demands.
  • Experience in developing financial reports for donors and management including managing processes and analyzing financial data.
  • Ability to manage resources and deadlines with minimum supervision.
  • Demonstrably strong customer focus, attention to details, high level of initiative
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken French and English is a must. Demonstrate good attention to detail with grammar, spelling and writing style that will appeal to key stakeholders.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft packages; word, excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with staff at various levels of seniority.

Education & Qualifications

  • Bachelors level degree or equivalent preferred
  • Full or part accountancy qualifications an advantage

NRGI – Diversity Statement

NRGI commits to addressing longstanding inequities and creating more inclusive, just societies. We also commit to ensuring that our workforce is diverse, and that our working environment is welcoming to all. We seek a culture that empowers staff, and promotes and upholds equity. We know that this makes for strong, innovative, engaged and effective teams.

We are an organization composed of many types of people. We expressly seek to protect, include, and enable employment opportunities for a wide range of individuals. We continuously assess and adapt our culture and ways of working to remove discriminatory barriers. We aim to include individuals from marginalized groups, and to ensure that they thrive at NRGI. We proactively work toward inclusion, and we do not tolerate harassment, bullying or discrimination. Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, NRGI will respect and value unique experiences, perspectives and identities.

How to apply

To apply, please visit our careers page here and submit a CV and covering letter in English


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